News, Reviews & Interviews in May 2016

May 2016 was an exciting month for theatre in the UK, with a dynamic mix of productions gracing stages across the London West End, Off West End, and various regional theatres through touring productions. This period highlighted the vibrancy and diversity of the UK’s theatrical landscape, offering something for every kind of theatre-goer.

London West End

The London West End, a beacon of theatrical excellence, continued to deliver a range of compelling productions in May 2016. One of the month’s highlights was the opening of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at the Gielgud Theatre. Based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and adapted by Simon Stephens, the play’s innovative use of stage design and powerful storytelling captivated audiences, making it a must-see production.

“Aladdin” at the Prince Edward Theatre continued to draw large crowds with its dazzling set designs, vibrant costumes, and beloved musical numbers. This Disney classic offered a magical escape and became one of the hottest tickets in town.

Additionally, “Kinky Boots” at the Adelphi Theatre maintained its popularity, delighting audiences with its heartwarming story and infectious music by Cyndi Lauper. The show’s themes of acceptance and self-expression resonated deeply with its diverse audience.

Off West End

Off West End theatres, known for their bold and innovative productions, presented a variety of intriguing shows in May 2016. The Almeida Theatre’s “Richard III,” starring Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave, was a standout. This modern take on Shakespeare’s classic was praised for its intense performances and thought-provoking interpretation.

The Donmar Warehouse offered a compelling production of “Elegy” by Nick Payne. Directed by Josie Rourke, this play explored the ethical and emotional complexities of medical advancements and the human condition, earning critical acclaim for its poignant storytelling and powerful acting.

The Menier Chocolate Factory’s revival of “Travesties” by Tom Stoppard also garnered attention. Directed by Patrick Marber and featuring Tom Hollander, this witty and intellectually stimulating play received rave reviews for its clever dialogue and engaging performances.

Touring Productions

Touring productions brought high-quality theatre to audiences across the UK in May 2016. The National Theatre’s production of “Jane Eyre,” adapted from Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, continued its successful tour. This inventive and visually striking adaptation was praised for its imaginative staging and powerful performances.

The musical “Chicago,” with its iconic songs and sultry choreography, embarked on a nationwide tour, entertaining audiences with its tale of fame, scandal, and jazz in the roaring twenties. The production’s high-energy performances and sharp wit made it a crowd favorite.

Another notable touring production was the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation.” This unique production involved local amateur actors in each location, creating a community-focused theatre experience that celebrated Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary.


May 2016 was a vibrant and diverse month for theatre in the UK, showcasing the rich array of performances available across the country. The London West End dazzled with a mix of blockbuster hits and new productions, Off West End theatres pushed creative boundaries with innovative shows, and touring productions brought exceptional theatre to regional audiences. This dynamic period underscored the vitality and creativity of the UK theatre scene, promising a year filled with memorable and groundbreaking performances.

News, Reviews & Interviews in May 2016

Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens at the King’s Head Theatre – Review
The Bodyguard London Tickets Dominion Theatre
Death Takes A Holiday Tickets Charing Cross Theatre
An unparalleled achievement in London theatre: 50 hours of improvised drama – Review
In The Heights Tickets London King’s Cross Theatre
The Secret Garden returns to the West End
Something for everyone in an eclectic mix of live performances at Illuminate Festival 2016
Alfie Allen, Katie Brayben and Annapurna Sriram cast in THE SPOILS
The Spoils London Trafalgar Studios
School of Rock The Musical receives four TONY Nominations
Review of Might Never Happen at the King’s Head Theatre
Norma Jeane: The Musical at Lost Theatre
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill London
The Old Vic announces 2016-2017 season
Abominations at the Etcetera Theatre – Review
Outstanding performance from Dario Coates in Sid – Review
5-star Hairspray at Churchill Theatre – Review
5-star Rocky Horror Show at Richmond Theatre – Review
Richard II at the Arcola Theatre – Review
Magic Radio Launches Magic ABBA in association with MAMMA MIA!
The Iphigenia Quartet at the Gate Theatre – Review
You, Me and Everything Else at Soho Theatre – Review
London Wonderground 2016 opens for the Summer
The End of Longing becomes The Playhouse Theatre’s most successful play
Regent’s Park Theatre presents PRIDE AND PREJUDICE at Richmond Theatre
The Country Wife at Theatro Technis – Review
The Buskers Opera at Park Theatre – Review
Review of Threesome at The Union Theatre
Cooked at The Bread and Roses Theatre – Review
Sadie Frost stars as Gypsy Rose Lee in world premiere of BRITTEN IN BROOKLYN
Impossible magic show returns to the West End
The King’s Head Theatre presents #Festival46
The Boys in the Band starring MARK GATISS AND IAN HALLARD
Review of Nude at the Hope Theatre London
The Local Stigmatic at the Old Red Lion Theatre – Review
Review of Spank House at Theatre Utopia Croydon
The Diary of a Hounslow Girl – Review
Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s The Entertainer Tickets
Full casting announced for Bugsy Malone at the Lyric Hammersmith
Full casting for world premiere of the new musical Groundhog Day
LES MISÉRABLES London Queen’s Theatre cast changes from 13th June 2016
Promenade murder mystery The Killing of Charles Bravo – Review
Review of Lawrence After Arabia by Howard Brenton
SKY NEWS THE MUSICAL – In concert at the Union Theatre
Outstanding performance from Michael Pennington in King Lear – Review
4-star Wastwater at The Tabard Theatre – Review
5-star Frank Sumatra at Theatre N16 – Review
Performances of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill…
DNA National Youth Theatre Ambassadors Theatre London
The Threepenny Opera at the Olivier Theatre
Lawrence After Arabia at Hampstead Theatre – Review
Wicked UK and International Tour Cast 2016
Review of Jelly Beans at Theatre503
Jeff Bridges e-joins the cast of Off The King’s Road
Review of Devilish! at the Landor Theatre
Cast announced for The Rise and fall of Little Voice
Jon Brittain’s Rotterdam returns to London this summer
I’M NOT JESUS CHRIST at Theatre N16 – Review
Sheridan Smith takes 2-4 weeks leave due to stress and exhaustion
Relaxed Performance of Boy at the Almeida Theatre – Review
Eggs Collective Get A Round at Soho Theatre – Review
Kathryn O’Reilly’s latest play Screwed at Theatre503
Sunday Readings in the Park: Rediscovering Rep
Review of DiaoChan: The Rise of the Courtesan
1960s police drama Heartbeat UK Tour at Richmond Theatre London
Interview with Samuel James who reprises his role as Screaming Lord Sutch
Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford star in Side Show
Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland UK Tour announces new tour dates
Review of Spamalot at Epsom Playhouse
Review of Where We Stand at Ye Olde Rose and Crown
Richard Alston Dance Company: An Italian in Madrid, Burning, Nomadic – Review
Brideshead Revisited’s Nuffield Theatre Southampton and on tour – Review
Measure for Measure: A welcome alternative rendering…
Every Seven Years: Illuminate Festival at New Wimbledon Studios – Review
Review of Spiral by Free Rayne Artists at Theatre N16
Review of Black Shuck at The Bedford Pub
Courtney Bowman wins 10th annual Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year
Jekyll and Hyde opens at the Old Vic Theatre London
Nigel Lindsay to join cast of Guys and Dolls as Nathan Detroit
Gwen Taylor to star in National Tour of NIGHT MUST FALL
Lisa Spirling appointed as new Theatre503 Artistic Director
Swan Lake: Vienna Festival Ballet at the Radlett Centre – Review
6FootStories presents Shattered Fragments – Review
A Song Goes Round The World at St James Studio – Review
Comedian to walk London Underground network for Refugee Council
Review of Heartbeat at Churchill Theatre Bromley
FABRIC starring Nancy Sullivan UK Tour – Tickets on sale now
A Working Title at The Union Theatre – Review
BECKETT IN LONDON – The Print Room at the Coronet – Review
Monster Raving Loony at Soho Theatre – Review
David Baddiel My Family: Not The Sitcom – Review
Laila the Musical at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch – Review
Running Wild at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – Review
Casting announced for KARAGULA by Philip Ridley
The Great American Trailer Park Musical – Review
Roy Alexander Weise wins Young Director Award
Review of Rounds by Resuscitate Theatre – Illuminate Festival
Review of King John at The Rose Theatre Kingston
Review of I’m Just Here To Buy Soy Sauce – Illuminate Festival
Review of The Quentin Dentin Show Above The Arts
Review of The Invisible Hand at The Tricycle Theatre
Ruby at The Bread & Roses Theatre London
English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Award 2016 – Review
5-star Thlides – Wandsworth Arts Fringe – Review
Wicked 10th Anniversary London Cast – 2016
REALIFE TV at Barons Court Theatre – Review
Hounded Theatre in collaboration with the Ugly Collective
Liam Evans-Ford announced as new Executive Director at Theatr Clwyd
Original London Cast Recording of Two Cities to be released on CD
Rose Leslie and Sara Stewart star in Sheffield Theatres’ CONTRACTIONS
Guys and Dolls at The Phoenix Theatre – Review
Review of SKY NEWS THE MUSICAL In concert!
Review of Golden Age Theatre Company’s Boy Stroke Girl
Grey Skies at The Warren Brighton Fringe – Review
Here All Night – Beckett in London Festival – Review
This is Living at Trafalgar Studio Two – Review
Titanic The Musical London – in rehearsals video….
Local residents triumph in Bush Theatre production at BBC TV Centre
We Wait in Joyful Hope at Theatre 503 – Review
The Hired Man In Concert at London’s Cadogan Hall
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show in London West End
Gala Charity Concert of Bumblescratch at The Adelphi Theatre
Rebel Wilson to join cast of Guys and Dolls as Miss Adelaide
Hello, Sam Redux 2016 – Beckett in London Festival – Review
Kyle Riabko Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined original London cast recording
Review of Kenny Morgan at the Arcola Theatre
Becoming Hattie at Leicester Square Theatre – Review
Mad Bad and Dangerous to Know: The Scandalous and Fast Times of Lord Byron
Initial casting announced for Cinderella at the London Palladium
Bold and striking Knife Edge at Pond Restaurant – Review
Tape at Drayton Arms Theatre – Review
Private Lives at Mercury Theatre Colchester – Review
Full cast announced for Mad On Her 80s Jukebox Musical
A View From Islington North at the Arts Theatre – Review
Northern Ballet 1984 at Sadler’s Wells – Review
Voyager at New Diorama Theatre – Review
Romeo and Juliet – Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company – Review
David Hunter joins the cast of Kinky Boots as Charlie Price
Sutton Theatre Edward Bond’s Dea – Review
Sea Life at The Hope Theatre – Review
dotdotdance at Sadler’s Wells – Review
Further casting announced for King Lear at The Old Vic Theatre
Gary Thomas premieres new play HIDDEN at Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2016
After Party by James Meteyard at The Union Theatre – Review
Follow Suit at The Warren Studio 2 – Brighton Fringe – Review
The Dark Room at The Udderbelly Festival – Review
The New York-London Rendezvous – Canal Cafe – Review
Henry V Tickets Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Interview with Maggie Steed from the cast of King John


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